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recite

[ri-sahyt] /rɪˈsaɪt/
verb (used with object), recited, reciting.
1.
to repeat the words of, as from memory, especially in a formal manner:
to recite a lesson.
2.
to repeat (a piece of poetry or prose) before an audience, as for entertainment.
3.
to give an account of:
to recite one's adventures.
4.
to enumerate.
verb (used without object), recited, reciting.
5.
to recite a lesson or part of a lesson for a teacher.
6.
to recite or repeat something from memory.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English reciten < Latin recitāre to read aloud, equivalent to re- re- + citāre to summon, cite1
Related forms
recitable, adjective
reciter, noun
prerecite, verb (used with object), prerecited, prereciting.
unrecited, adjective
well-recited, adjective
Synonyms
3. narrate, describe. See relate. 4. count, number, detail.
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Examples from the web for reciting
  • The profs are merely reciting from a book, often verbatim, sometimes with a poorly scrawled diagram.
  • It seems one side and the other are mostly reciting arguments learnt by heart.
  • He seemed to me to be reciting some complicated gibberish.
  • His tongue is only stealthily in his check, and his voice is as calm and level as if he were reciting the multiplication table.
  • What they found instead was a ragged huddle of players, straining to join hands in the center of their ring and reciting.
  • She tries reciting her school lessons to settle her nerves, but practicing does not provide her with any comfort.
  • If someone's words cause you discomfort, that inner reaction itself is worth reciting.
  • The nervous, defeated-looked candidates plod on, reciting their speeches.
  • reciting is not talking, and interviews are about showing you can listen as much as proving you can speak.
  • She immersed herself in the water three times, reciting a prayer each time, in spite of inhaling water and briefly choking.
British Dictionary definitions for reciting

recite

/rɪˈsaɪt/
verb
1.
to repeat (a poem, passage, etc) aloud from memory before an audience, teacher, etc
2.
(transitive) to give a detailed account of
3.
(transitive) to enumerate (examples, etc)
Derived Forms
recitable, adjective
reciter, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recitāre to cite again, from re- + citāre to summon; see cite
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Word Origin and History for reciting

recite

v.

early 15c., from Old French reciter (12c.) and directly from Latin recitare "read aloud, read out, repeat from memory, declaim," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + citare "to summon" (see cite). Related: Recited; reciting.

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